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• State Farm has signed a deal to become the exclusive official insurer of the Big3-on-3 basketball league, including branding throughout Big3 arenas in all 18 cities this summer on basket stanchion pads, center court jumbotrons and courtside LED signage. The company will also present Big3 games played at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on July 7.

• SunTrust and BB&T financial firms said that Truist Financial would be the name of the company following their merger later this year. The name — “intended to give the bank a single, fresh identity” — could also become the new name for the home venue for the Atlanta Braves, now known as SunTrust Stadium.

• CBS Sports Digital has unveiled MVP Sports Marketing, an “initiative that will help brands build strong and sustainable engagement in local sports communities around the country.” An in-house team will "leverage CBS Sports Digital’s deep community connections through its nationwide coverage of high school and college sports and partner with brands to “develop unique multi-faceted sponsorships that build brand equity, deepen consumer relationships and drive revenue.”

• BBVA Compass Stadium, home to the MLS Houston Dynamo, has been renamed BBVA Stadium as part of financial company BBVA Group's overall rebranding process.

• The LPGA said it would “implement a comprehensive integrity program, in partnership with Genius Sports, to deliver sports-betting related monitoring, education and structures for the management of investigations.”

“Sports betting is certainly coming and we’ll have to get our hands around it," LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said via the organization. “Sports betting may bring another wave of worldwide sports fans to the LPGA, but it will require us to be protected and supported by experts like Genius."

• Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich have each topped one million votes in the first National League results released by MLB for the 2019 All-Star Game in the All-Star Game Ballot presented by Google. Full story here.

• With the 2019 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard just four weeks off, the league has unveiled the first fan ballot results presented by Google for the AL — and the numbers are very good for Gary Sanchez, Mike Trout and George Springer. Full story here.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.” 

POLL POSITION

The Top Ten World’s Highest Paid Athletes
1, Leo Messi soccer $127M
2. Cristiano Ronaldo soccer $109M
3. Neymar Jr. soccer $105M
4. Canelo Alvarez boxing $94M
5. Roger Federer tennis $93.4M
6. Russell Wilson NFL $89.5M
7. Aaron Rodgers NFL $89.3M
8. LeBron James NBA $89M
9. Stephen Curry NBA $79.8M
10. Kevin Durant NBA $65.4M

Full story here.
SOURCE: FORBES

KEEPING SCORE

2019 Top Selling Summer Acts
Based on total sales on StubHub for U.S. tour dates from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2019
1. The Rolling Stones
2. Queen with Adam Lambert
3. Paul McCartney
4. Ariana Grande
5. Shawn Mendes
6. Billie Eilish
7. JoJo Siwa
8. Twenty One Pilots
9. Hootie and the Blowfish
10. Florida Georgia Line

Full story here.

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office June 7-9
1. The Secret Life of Pets 2 $47.1M
2. Dark Phoenix $33M
3. Aladdin $24.5M
4. Godzilla $15.4M
5. Rocketman $14M
6. Ma $7.8M
7. John Wick 3 $7.4M
8. Avengers: Endgame $4.8M
9. Pokémon Detective Pikachu $3M
10. Booksmart $1.6M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Channel Chasers

NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Jan152019

HyperX Goes Primetime With NBA, ESPN, ABC Joel Embiid, Post Malone, Gamers

By Barry Janoff

Janaury 15, 2019: To help support its new role as presenting sponsor for ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by HyperX Gaming, eSports gamer brand HyperX Gaming is launching its first national and global marketing campaign, a multi-platform effort entitled, “We’re All Gamers.”

An anchor spot stars a bevy of athletes, musicians and social media influencers who also are gamers, including from the NBA Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Gordon Hayward (Boston Celtics), and De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings), who signed with HyperX in 2017 prior to the NBA Draft; the NFL's Juju Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh Steelers) and musician Post Malone.

The campaign also features professional gamers including Shroud, Pokimane and Cloud9’s Rush.

“I’ve had fans make their own avatars of me before, so it feels good to finally have an official one that I helped create and inspire,” said Fox via the company.

The spot depicts each in real life using HyperX equipment and then morphing into video game versions of themselves.

“The ‘We’re All Gamers’ campaign was developed to introduce HyperX to passionate NBA and gaming fans,” Daniel Kelley, corporate marketing director, HyperX, said via the brand, the gaming division of Kingston Technology.

“Our gaming influencer’s creativity exuded and helped us to develop their HyperX-illustrated gaming spirits in the 2019 campaign.”

The spot breaks during the fourth season of ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by HyperX Gaming on Jan. 19, with the Houston Rockets hosting the Los Angeles Lakers.

It will continue to air through the regular season, playoffs and then NBA Finals on ABC and ESPN.

HyperX will also be integrated into game time outs, while ESPN’s SportsCenter will feature HyperX virtual set integrations several times throughout the NBA season.

The extended 60-second spot will also air in 6-, 15- and 30-second versions.

HyperX said it expects to expand the campaign to include more influencers and celebrities throughout the year, "including soccer players and others who are passionate about gaming."

The integrated global "We’re All Gamers" campaign in 2019 is “expected to be the first of many new activities in promoting the HyperX brand to consumer and lifestyle audiences,” according to HyperX.  

Support includes digital and social media.

Lead agency is Envoy.

“Seeing how HyperX transformed me for this campaign was so cool,” Hayward said via HyperX. “Gaming brings out the competitor in me, and I’m excited for everyone to see that come to life here.”

According to Embiid, “No matter what I’m playing, I like to win. HyperX has captured that spirit with my gaming persona

“Watch me dominate.”

HyperX, which has naming rights to the Esports Arena Las Vegas at The Luxor, already has NBA alliances as the official gaming headset for the NBA 2K League and with teams including the Sixers, Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz.

ABC’s NBA coverage also continues with the return of NBA Sunday Showcase on ABC presented by Mountain Dew Ice on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3, with the Celtics hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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